Posted on March 18, 2017
Team See Possibilities would like to thank you very much for your generous contribution in our 2016 Kilimanjaro Challenge. Our mission is to support children who are blind all around the world. After guiding blind athlete Dan Berlin to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2 ½ days and in the dark, the team visited engaged with three different organizations in Africa. You helped us raise almost $15,000 last year, of which the majority was used for these 3 projects.
First, we visited Education East Africa 's Motor Mechanics Centre in Njia Panda, Tanzania. Working with the Intrepid Travel Foundation, we hosted an event attended by government officials from all over the region to support the development of a center that will provide vocational skills to get young people off the streets and into meaningful employment. In order to highlight the importance of trust and teamwork, we organized a blindfolded tug of war that generated a lot of laughs. In a way, by closing their eyes, this experience opened them to a new way of perceiving the world. After hearing Dan’s story, several government officials spoke movingly about how his words changed their perception of people with disabilities. They pledged to seek out ways to reduce discrimination and better integrate a population that has all too often been marginalized.
Next, the team visited the Mwereni School for the Blind and Vision Impaired. On the outskirts of Moshi, Tanzania, Mwereni provides a safe haven and enriching learning environment for over 100 blind and albino children, many of whom are hidden, suffer discrimination and even threats to their lives because of their disability. The school hosted us for an afternoon that blew us away! The children performed traditional songs and dances; the Director of the school delivered a moving speech highlighting Dan’s accomplishment as an example of the tremendous potential within every person; and each one of us spoke about Team See Possibilities’ message to focus not on what we can't do, but rather what we CAN do.
Lastly, Charles and Alison worked with Seppe Verbist and the team Futbol Mas for the Destiny School in Mathare. The hope was to sensitize the children about what it's like to be blind and more broadly, about disabilities and inclusion. The majority of children said it was harder to guide their blindfolded friend than to be blindfolded, as they felt the enormous responsibility taking care of another. Every single child agreed that a person with a disability was capable of doing a lot more than most people think. The principal Judith and her team of teachers work against all odds to give these children a chance at an education amidst some of the toughest urban poverty in the world
Again, THANK YOU very much for your support in 2016.
Team See Possibilities
Alison, Brad, Charles, and Dan